It Can't Happen Here

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It Can't Happen Here

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It Can’t Happen Here is the only one of Sinclair Lewis’s later novels to match the power of Main Street,Babbitt, and Arrowsmith. A cautionary tale about the fragility of democracy, it is an alarming, eerily timeless look at how fascism could take hold in America. Written during the Great Depression, when the country was largely oblivious to Hitler’s aggression, it juxtaposes sharp political satire with the chillingly realistic rise of a president who becomes a dictator to save the nation from welfare cheats, sex, crime, and a liberal press. Called “a message to thinking Americans” by the Springfield Republican when it was published in 1935, It Can’t Happen Here is a shockingly prescient novel that remains as fresh and contemporary as today’s news.

With an Introduction by Michael Meyer
and a New Afterword

PRAISE

“Written at white heat.”—Chicago Tribune

The audiobook is read by Christopher Hurt, 11 cds, 13 hours, unabridged.

Winner of the Prometheus Hall of Fame Award

First published in 1935, when Americans were still largely oblivious to the rise of Hitler in Europe, this prescient novel tells a cautionary tale about the fragility of democracy and offers an alarming, eerily timeless look at how fascism could take hold in America.

Doremus Jessup, a newspaper editor, is dismayed to find that many of the people he knows support presidential candidate Berzelius Windrip. The suspiciously fascist Windrip is offering to save the nation from sex, crime, welfare cheats, and a liberal press. But after Windrip wins the election, dissent soon becomes dangerous for Jessup. Windrip forcibly gains control of Congress and the Supreme Court and, with the aid of his personal paramilitary storm troopers, turns the United States into a totalitarian state.

© 1935 by Sinclair Lewis. © renewed 1963 by Michael Lewis

Editorial Reviews

“Not only [Lewis’] most important book but one of the most important books ever produced in this country.”

New Yorker

“Written at white heat.”

Chicago Tribune

“A message to thinking Americans.”

Springfield Republican

“Christopher Hurt’s voice—dry, slightly harsh, yet expressive—and his tone—sprightly and waspish—match the satirical mode of Lewis’ 1936 novel…He also supplies an emotional awareness that matches the power the novel accumulates…this book has much to say about political repression. It hits hard, and Hurt puts it across effectively.”

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